Five to Watch at Mackenzie Tour Q-School – Canada
April 29, 2019
By Brendan Stasiewich , PGATOUR.COM
- April 29, 2019
- The Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada season is set for its final Q-School event of the 2019 season this week at Crown Isle Resort. (Chuck Rusell/Mackenzie Tour)
The Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada season is set for its final Q-School event of the 2019 season this week at Crown Isle Resort in Courtenay, British Columbia, which features 31 Canadians, as we prepare to be introduced to the next crop of players ready to pave their way to the PGA TOUR.
Qualifying spots at the 72-hole stroke play event will be allocated as follows:
Exempt for the 2018 season
2nd through 14th (no ties)
Fully exempt for the first six tournaments and subject to the reshuffle following the sixth event.
15th through 40th (plus ties)
Heading into the event, we’ve highlighted a few names to watch on the leaderboard:
Currently the 70th ranked amateur golfer in the world, Franken has solidified himself as one of the top players in NC State history, as proven by his two individual titles and his number-one spot in terms of career scoring average. The senior was named to the 2018 Palmer Cup team and was honoured as the 2018 ACC Player of the Year after finishing the season with a stunning 70.56 scoring average over 36 rounds.
Franken looks to follow in the footsteps of fellow Wolfpack alum and ACC Men’s Golfer of the Year Albin Choi by qualifying for Mackenzie Tour Q-School en-route to a spot down the road on the Web.com Tour.
Duvall, who claimed the B.C. Amateur in 2017, attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University before turning professional in 2018. Earning conditional status at Q-School shortly after, Duvall fired a 66 at Uplands in his Mackenzie Tour debut on his way to a T60 finish. Later in 2018 at the Staal Foundation Open, Duvall opened the week with rounds of 68-67 to head into the weekend in the top-10, later finishing the tournament T38.
With 12 of his 20 rounds played last season at par or better, the Victoria, B.C. native looks to earn full status to begin his second Summer as a professional.
Playing in 65 career Mackenzie Tour events, Gillespie brings a wealth of experience into Q-School, placing as high as 12th on the Tour’s Order of Merit in 2012.
Only playing the Osprey Valley Open in 2018, finishing in a tie for 21st, the Canadian elected to spend the 2018 season playing PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, finishing 104th on the Order of Merit.
Vernon sandwiched rounds of 66 and 68 between a 74 and 72 last year at Q-School to finish T15 and earn status. After making the first two cuts of the season, the Poplar Bluff, Missouri native faltered the rest of the way, failing to earn another cheque and returns to Crown Isle for the second-straight year.
Prior to turning professional, Vernon turned heads as an amateur, being selected for the 2015 Palmer Cup team following a win at the WNMU Fall Intercollegiate.
Though he failed to qualify at Q-School in 2018, the Calgary native made the three-hour trip north in August to play at the Edmonton Championship, where he finished with a final-round 65 to place T23 and claim Canada Life Canadian Player of the Week honours.
This past October Crawford was a participant in the Major Series of Putting Championship in Vegas, which he ended up winning to claim the $25,000 first-place prize.